The 1960’s was fraught with turbulent times, civil unrest, inequality, impassioned protests, riots and more. It was indeed a dark period in history. Actually, the 1960’s may fit GOP nominee Donald Trump’s description of the United States more so than what he speaks of currently. However, the things many saw back then are raising their ugly heads again at almost full speed. The climate of America today is closely resembling the climate of America 50 years ago. There needs to be a climate change.
The civil rights era was particular harsh when it came to #Police Brutality and misconduct.
Then, the use of dogs and water hoses were used frequently and used mainly on those engaged in protest marches. For the most part, people were only protesting to have their right to vote and for equality. They marched. They staged sit-ins. Many of them lost their lives. Media coverage of the cruelty sparked public outrage. Today, there aren’t nearly as many causes to march or protest about. No water hoses or fire hydrants. Police use guns. Of course, they are authorized to do so, but is it possible to reassess and readjust police procedure? Perhaps, not shoot to kill. If so, this could surely create a climate change.
A contentious time across the country
The year 1968 was particularly frightening. It was also the Vietnam War era and anti-war demonstrations grew by leaps and bounds and were often met with tear gas and billy clubs. The most notorious demonstration occurred during the famous 1968 Democratic National Convention.
That same year marked the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. There were riots taking place in over 100 cities. This decade also had its share of controversial political figures.
Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever
One of the most memorial hard-lined segregationists to emerge during the Civil Rights period was Alabama Governor George Wallace. Known for stirring up the crowd, Wallace ran for the office of U.S. President four times. Although he remained a populist, Wallace did eventually renounce segregationism. Paralyzed from an assassination attempt in 1972, Wallace remained in a wheelchair until his death in 1998. We may not hear the word segregation now, but “keep out” is pretty darn close. We need a climate change. #Education #World Politics